Entitlement Issues

Today I was pleased to discover that the amazing fiction writer, Mr Neil Gaiman, has his own online blog (I guess an offline blog would be pretty useless, wouldn’t it?). It’s at journal.neilgaiman.com for anyone who’s interested. For those who aren’t, read ‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’. A children’s book for adults is a way I’ve heard it described, but it hardly does it justice. I pretty much inhaled the book one weekend, rarely coming out of the story for food, sunshine, or human interaction… Continue reading

The Whistler

By Mary Oliver

All of a sudden she began to whistle. By all of a sudden
I mean that for more than thirty years she had not
whistled. It was thrilling. At first I wondered, who was
in the house, what stranger? I was upstairs reading, and
she was downstairs. As from the throat of a wild and
cheerful bird, not caught but visiting, the sounds war-
bled and slid and doubled back and larked and soared. Continue reading

Love is a Four Letter Word

Don’t tell me what I don’t want to hear… I’ll just turn it into something else.

“Part of man’s frustration is that he has become accustomed to expect language and thought to offer explanations which they cannot give,” Alan Watts proposes in his classic book The Wisdom of Insecurity, which is still as relevant today (if not more so) than it was when first published in 1951. Continue reading

Not Just a World Record Attempt: Rachael’s Fight for Huntington’s

First published in Orange City Life, 17 August 2017

Tireless advocate for Huntington’s Disease, Rachael Brooking, shares her gut-wrenching story behind the upcoming redhead world record attempt.

The upcoming world record attempt to gather as many redheads as possible to our humble city of Orange is gaining great momentum, with celebs on board and news coverage Australia-wide. While that’s fantastic, it’s important not to forget the underlying reasons behind this massive feat: to raise awareness and funds for Huntington’s disease, a rare disorder which has affected organiser Rachael Brooking’s life in confronting ways. Continue reading